I am just finishing reading “Lighten Up! Free Yourself from Clutter” by Michelle Passoff. The rest of the title is Create The Space For Miracles By Freeing Yourself From Too Much Stuff. It’s a long title, but clear on what you will learn from this read.
I have always believed that by emptying your space of unneeded items, you open yourself up for new and exciting things to enter your life. This book speaks of this idea and encourages people to take some time thinking about this and writing down goals for yourself.
In the beginning of the book takes a lot of time asking you to examine how your space got so messy and what you are making room for. You need to have clear goals before you begin or you will never complete your project.
Passoff does a great job covering the principles of clearing clutter of all kinds in the book. What I liked best was the clear and thorough lesson on setting up a filing system. The concept is very well explained and easy to follow, even for the paper piler. Her explanation of how to process your paper makes it not-so-overwhelming. Although going through stacks of paper will take you some time, it seems doable and that’s important.
The final chapters in the book define how to live clutter-free and explains routine practices that are doable for most people. In the end, I feel that this book is a good read and the average person will learn something that will change their relationship to the clutter in their home.